Mark Lawrence is a Jazz, Fusion, Funk and Blues guitarist. He has a playing style of “vocalising guitar that hints at Hendrix via George Benson” and cites the likes of John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Buddy Guy and Kurt Rosenwinkel as prime influences. He is bandleader for the ‘Mark Lawrence Quartet‘, a “hard-nosed electric jazz-rock outfit” with “hints of Weather Report, Headhunters, even Steely Dan” (Tony Benjamin, Bristol247) and his first solo album is in production. Mark works regularly with:
‘Groovelator’ www.groovelator.co.uk – a funky, soulful Jazz and Blues band featuring John Paul Gard on organ, Tom Gilkes on drums, plus occasional guests on saxophone.
‘Diamond Dust’ www.diamonddust.info – a powerful, electric and groovy trio which fuses Jazz and Psychedelic Rock in the mode of the incredible Tony Williams Lifetime & John McLaughlin.
Mark has appeared alongside Bristish Jazz saxophone legends Andy Sheppard and Tony Roberts. Festival work has included London Jazz Festival (with Sisanda Myataza), Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Secret Garden Party, Oxford Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Budvar stage, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Sheep Music Festival and at numerous clubs dates across the country.
In addition to live guitar performance Mark is also a session musician, an experimental ‘computer music’ composer, an experienced sound technician and teaches guitar. Mark endorses Sonuus music products and the S-Gear software amp simulator from Scuffham Amps.